According to the new Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz, James Rodriguez should play regularly at the club level to deliver his best performance in the upcoming international schedule for his country. The former Real Madrid star delivered an impressive performance last season while scoring seven times and help Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga.
But this year, he is struggling to get regular playing time under Niko Kovac in the German club. It seems that the Bayern manager prefers Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka over James Rodriguez. The 27-year-old international is also now linked to a possible transfer move from the Bundesliga club to the Serie A side Juventus.
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On the other hand, Carlos Queiroz recently took the charge of La Tricolor after ending his tenure as the manager of the Iranian team following their elimination from the Asian Cup semi-final. He took the charge of the Columbian team from Jose Pekerman on a new contract which will run till the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
While talking about James Rodriguez, Columbia’s new manager Carlos Queiroz said “I will need to talk to James. For a player of his calibre he needs to be playing as much as possible, that’s very important,” and added “But when you have a chance to play for Real [Madrid], Manchester United or Bayern [Munich], sometimes players have to make sacrifices.”
The manager said, “I want to talk to him soon, though.” He then further added “I can’t guarantee that [we’ll win the Copa]. But I can ensure that we will put this shirt in its highest position possible.” The Columbian manager then also added “[But] everybody wants the same – to win. So it’s complicated.”
Carlos Queiroz said “You always have to try to win, football’s a simple game. And if it’s doing it in a rock-and-roll style, we’ll do it, if it’s samba style, we’ll also do it.” He then added “Pekerman has left a fantastic legacy. It’s an honor to be here, and I’m grateful to the FCF [Colombian Football Federation] for wanting me.”